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NHIS enrolls 4m under voluntary scheme

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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) says the scheme has registered no fewer than four million enrollees under its formal sector programme and the voluntary scheme since 2005 till date.


Prof. Mohammed Sambo, the Executive Secretary, NHIS disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, 0n Wednesday.

The Formal Sector Programme covers workers in the public sector (Federal Civil Service, Uniformed Services) while the voluntary scheme is under Voluntary Contributors Social Health Insurance Programme (VCSHIP).

Sambo told Nigeria News Agency the number of NHIS enrollees was growing daily as more people registered to be part of the scheme, adding that the agency was working to cover the informal sector.

“We have close to four million enrollees in the formal sector and the voluntary social health insurance, this figure does not include the figure that states and the private, who are subscribing through Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) are covering.

“As it is, retirees are not part of the NHIS but we have Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goal to attain; the SDGs goal is talking about attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“Also, we have Presidential mandate that NHIS should accelerate towards achieving UHC in line with SDGs.

“Where we are today, with the law establishing health insurance, that is not mandatory, but we have to ensure that the law is amended so that it will now be mandatory.

“If you have a mandatory scheme; it therefore means that government will have to provide resources for people to be covered.”

Sambo said the government had to provide resources for those that to be covered; private sectors and organisations would provide resources for people and other financing will now come into play.

He said they would also contribute to the fund of National Health Insurance Scheme for all the people to be covered.

According to him, NHIS had developed initiative called `Health insurance under roof’’, a concept predicated on the fact that health insurance system is a decentralised system.

Sambo explained that NHIS was getting its funds from contribution from the employers and employees of the federal public service.

“Some private sectors organisations have also joined NHIS, they are also paying premium for their workers then the third category of people.

“People are coming on voluntary basis to join the national health insurance to pay.

“Apart from this group of people, we do not have funding for any other person because in health insurance is not a free healthcare.

“So, all the money we have in the national health insurance scheme are monies that are designated to pay for some category of people under our care.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Ekemini Ladejobi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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